Aces High: War In The Air Over The Western Front, 1914-18 by ALAN CLARK

By ALAN CLARK

Aces High serves to remind us that, if no longer a wholly scrupulous baby-kisser, nor an ideal husband, Alan Clark relatively was once a great army historian.

There has advanced anything of a fable concerning the struggle within the air among 1914-1918. the parable is going that, whereas within the dust and gore of the trenches less than any idealism and chivalry speedy sputtered and died, within the purer air above the final noble heroes battled in one-to-one dogfights like knights of previous. it's a fable that Clark shoots down in flames, with attribute iconoclasm.

One of the nice RFC aces was once Mick Mannock, famed for his come upon with a coaching teacher, out in a formation of six, with 5 of his very green-horned scholars. Mannock first shot down the teacher after which ruthlessly pursued all of the rookies and shot them down one after the other. This wasn't chivalry, it was once battle, and even though extra based to observe, it used to be each piece as deadly as Passchendaele.

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In himself, the father and mentor of the idea, was the absence of any type of 'walkie talkie' radio killed in an air accident, when he collided with in the First World War, divisional corps and another member of his jasta, which was later army commanders found it very difficult to renamed jasta Boelelle in his honour. Boelcke's keep track of the position of their forward lessons had been well learnt, however, as the troops during an attack, and consequently in original members of his jasta 2 were soon gun-laying or any form of support by other commanding successful jastas of their own.

Yel premalure falally in his lOlal score, Richlhofen included only slowing his own plane and allowing lhe lhree SE5A Single-sealers, nol claiming lhe enemy to close lo a proper slriking dislance. firsl one umil 30 November 1 9 1 7 , more lhan aClion, lhus SOME A H E AD. lhoughl his enemy mighl escape, Richlhofen avoiding FAILURE PUT HER NOSE T A C T I C 5 + six months after they became operational. The Germans could not understand the 65 just after the laller had been issued with one of the new Fokker Triplanes: way in which the British aeroplanes daily came over the lines lO be shot down.

Had the Germans formed homoge­ importance was rar greater than Immelmann's. in the Eill mark, underpowered. neous units of the E types in 1 9 1 5-16, they For while I mmelmann's greatness lay in being would surely have driven the air forces of the one of the first fighter aces, that was his only Allies from the skies. achievement as he was killed after scoring This is not to say, though, that some fifteen victories. Boelcke, on the other hand, enterprising individuals had not made the achieved forty victories, but much more than attempt to gather together enough to make a that, he was the father of aerial warfare.

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